Technocracy, Humanism, & the Cultural Arts.
Economics in any and all forms rests on the assumption of conditions of natural or artificially enforced scarcity, far less than enough to supply everyone.
The study of economics and its everyday business control and transactions tells you how each variation of the Price System makes an ideology of how to divide up that scarcity. You will find economics defined in terms of scarcity in every textbook on the subject, usually in the opening chapter. Without scarcity, some of them candidly admit, there would be no need for economics.
Politics, regardless of what label it goes under, is fundamentally concerned with the manipulation and coercion-control of millions of human beings as well as each individual one. The skill and ability to stay in office, whether a senator, commissar, king, or president, depends on how well he manipulates the people in his domain...usually in terms of how well he has them fooled, as Machiavelli postulated the game.
There are no exceptions to these generalizations; all societies, whether primitive or the most sophisticated and 'advanced' today, are run entirely within the framework of the rules of the game of Political government and Economics.
The inherent anti-social features of these rules have been obvious to all thinking people throughout recorded history--especially to those humanistically concerned.
All they have been able to do is hope for a more benign ruler to be born, or to vote for more "honest" politicians...the wishful thinking futility of these purported choices and alternatives is dreary reading.
Enter Technocracy. A real alternative.
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October 23, 2007
A real alternative to the Price System
Technocracy has the only plan yet devised to operate our technology correctly. Put simply, it is a plan which allows the people who built the technology to run it -- but for the benefit of the people directly instead of through the interference of business and politics for mindless profit.
Art, like technology, can flourish best in a culture such as that which is now within reach, where the adversarial relationships of the bazaar are no longer the rule, where leisure to enjoy life is for the first time universally available. Ironically, the ingredients for that life style is here; we have only to realize what we have and organize our affairs to make use of it.